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What precautions need to be taken for feeding formula milk to a 2 month old baby?

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Dr. Diptanshu Das


Practicing since :2005

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Posted on Mon, 6 Aug 2018 in Child Health
Question: i m using bottle only once daily to feed my daughter who is 2 months old.what precautions i should take and when should i replace the nipple?
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 33 minutes later
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Try to switch back to breast milk. This is the best precaution.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. Let me emphasize on the fact that breast milk is the best possible milk for a baby and there can be no alternatives for the same. Most formula milks are cow milk based and hence difficult to digest. Moreover they make the child more prone to complications and infections. Mother's breast milk is produced on the demand of the baby. Hungrier the baby, more vigorous is the suck. More is the suck, more is the amount of breast milk produced. Giving formula automatically reduces the demand of the baby and thereby the production of breast milk. All you need to do is to switch back to exclusive breast feeding and the production will increase automatically. All you need to do is to monitor the urine output. If the frequency is more than 6 times in 24 hours, you would know that the amount of feeding is adequate. If the amount of passage of urine is less or if the child is lethargic you would need to take the child to a doctor without delay.

Breast milk also takes care of immunity against common ailments like cough and cold, and diarrhea. So, automatically your worries would be reduced. As such, you have to depend on non-touch technique (avoiding touching the nipple) when you use a bottle. But no matter how much precaution you take with respect to the bottle and nipple, they would still be liable to contamination and would make the child vulnerable to recurrent gastrointestinal infections. Bottle feeds should therefore better be avoided.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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